Orthodera ministralis - Australian Green Mantis
Melbourne, Australia

photograph © Alex Wild 2006

A young mantis cleans pollen grains from her foreleg by running the leg through her mouthparts.


Australia, VIC: Carlton North, Melbourne.
12.ii.2006, 37º47'S 144º59'E, 35m
Urban Garden.

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This image was captured with a Canon EOS D60, using a Canon 65/2.8 MPE 1-5x Macro lens.